Indonesia says Abbott's statement on spy claims 'regrettable'

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believes the Australian prime minister's latest statement over reports that Australian spies tapped his phone was "regrettable", his spokesman said, on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believes the Australian prime minister's latest statement over reports that Australian spies tapped his phone was "regrettable", his spokesman said, on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believes the Australian prime minister's latest statement over reports that Australian spies tapped his phone was "regrettable", his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier expressed regret if the allegations caused Dr Yudhoyono any embarrassment but stopped short of apologising.

"Of course this is regrettable, the president regretted the Australian prime minister's response," presidential spokesman Julian Pasha told reporters.